2014 Ford Expedition Power
The standard engine for the 2014 Ford Explorer is a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that is adequate for most peoples' needs, but not overwhelming. Two other engines are available: a Turbocharged 4-Cylinder and an EcoBoost V6 Engine. All 2014 Explorer models have a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Explorer feels more like a soft-sprung sedan than a rigid truck because its underpinnings are essentially the former. It handles securely in typical driving situations, but overall, it feels larger and less maneuverable than similarly sized rivals. Tow rating is 2,000 pounds for 4-cylinder models and 5,000 pounds for V6 versions.
'14 Expedition Design
While not as boxy as past versions, the 2014 Ford Explorer still has an athletic presence thanks to well-defined sheet metal that's bolstered by bulges in just the right places. Inside, material quality is attractive and luxurious, with a soft-touch dashboard and precise-feeling controls. The front seats are very supportive, too. Families with small children might also be disappointed with the Explorer's second-row seats, as there's not as much room to install rear-facing child safety seats -- something you'd expect to do with ease in a vehicle of this size. But, both rear rows fold nearly flat to create a vast 80.7 cubic feet of cargo area, and both have power-folding availability. While the Explorer has the commanding ride height expected in an SUV, its thick roof pillars and tall dash limit outward visibility.